Crime & Courts

Anchorage 16-year-old shot to death; 3 other boys detained by police

A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in South Anchorage’s Abbott Loop neighborhood.

Limited details were available about the shooting. Police said they were called to the 7300 block of Cantonment Court at 2:48 p.m. and found the boy dead outside with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Police are not publicly identifying the boy because of his age but said his next-of-kin had been notified.

Three juvenile male suspects were detained, and police said charges for one were forwarded to the Division of Juvenile Justice. He is being held at the McLaughlin Youth Center. Police said the other two suspects were being questioned by detectives Wednesday morning.

The motive for the shooting is under investigation, police said.

Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said in an email Wednesday that police were not releasing additional information about what happened “due to the nature of the ongoing investigation, and the fact that juveniles are involved.”

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, focusing on breaking news. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota and previously helped cover the Nebraska Legislature for The Associated Press. Contact her at